The aid and development sectors work hard to promote and maintain an air of importance and legitimacy, but there are some hard truths that we need to face if the industry is to grow and address the huge challenges we, as a global community, continue to come up against - climate change and the increased frequency of natural disasters, unhindered economic growth causing environmental and social deterioration and the rise of political fundamentalism, just to name a few.
Cornwall Council will make a decision this week which will have a profound effect on the future of Cornwall. If they approve planning permission for the massive out-of-town retail development on 70 acres of green fields at Coyte Farm near St Austell, it will become Cornwall's 3rd largest retail centre.
Back after a year's break, Southampton's Ejector Seat Festival is ready to go, and has never been better. Held in Palmerston Park on Saturday 8 June, in the city centre of Southampton; East India Youth are set to headline the community based festival amongst other local talents like Brother Goose, Spectral Park and Cloudi Lewis.
Can there be a diet more of the moment than the 'Paleo Diet' (OK, the 5:2 diet excepted...)? For the uninitiated (and I don't suppose there can be that many of you by now), it's a dietary (and lifestyle) dictum that encourages us to go back in time and adopt the dietary (and exercise) habits of our ancient hunter-gatherer forebears.
'Doing good'. It sounds like yet another thing to think about and weave into one' s special day. But it doesn't have to be. One of life's most simple pleasures is a shared meal with those we love. Food is glue in that it acts as a social cohesive agent. On your wedding day, food is promoted to far more than basic fuel and becomes a signature of the event itself.
I grow a few acres of asparagus on my farm in Kent and this year I have looked on helplessly as the asparagus first sulked underground in the rain and cold, refusing to grow at all and then shot up faster than we could pick it as soon as the sun came out. With this small taste of the unpredictability of farming life, my respect for our farm shop partners grows and grows.